Education Foundation of Alachua County boosts students’ finances, self esteem

Loften High School senior Mark Bryant, 17, leans against a doorway at Tom Petty Park on Tuesday in Gainesville. Bryant is the recipient of college funding from Take Stock in Children and the Senior Scholarship Program, and he plans to attend Santa Fe College. He is the first person on his mom's side of the family to go to college. [Chasity Maynard/Special to The Sun]

When Mark Bryant, a 17-year-old senior at the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School, heard about the Take Stock in Children’s program he knew very little about it, nor the organization that started the program — The Education Foundation of Alachua County. All he knew was that he had friends in the program whose … Read more